Kindergarten Registration

  • *Kindergarten and new student registration practices will comply with current physical distancing guidelines directed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

    REGISTER YOUR STUDENT (ENGLISH)

    REGISTER YOUR STUDENT (SPANISH)

    REGISTRATION WILL REOPEN MONDAY, JULY 27.

    • Click the above link.
    • You will be asked to create an account with a username and password.
    • IMPORTANT: Write down the username and password you created for future use.
    • Follow the instructions to register your student.

    What's Next?
    After you submit your student's registration online, the record will be processed and reviewed by the school secretary. Once the review is complete, you will receive an email to schedule your appointment to complete the enrollment process.

    What is the primary way to register my kindergarten or new student? 

    You can register your kindergarten or new student online beginning July 27.

    Visit fortsmithschools.org > Families > Enroll Your Student for access links and detailed information for each category.

    How long will Kindergarten and New Student registration remain open?

    The Kindergarten and New Student Registration online registration portal will open beginning May 18 and will be closed from May 29 until July 27 when school secretaries become available to help any parent or guardian who needs assistance.

    Are enrollment documents required to finalize registration?

    Yes, enrollment documents are required to finalize registration.

    Where can I find my student’s school zone?

    Address Search - Enter your address and find which school your child will attend.

    What are the enrollment documents required for kindergarten registration? 

    • Official birth certificate
    • Social Security Card (or waiver)
    • Completed immunization record
    • Health screening; a kindergarten physical form can be downloaded here
    • Proof of residence in the school zone
    • Photo Identification (drivers license, state issued ID, passport or other photo ID)

    What are the enrollment documents needed for new student registration? 

    • Official birth certificate
    • Social Security Card (or waiver)
    • Completed immunization record
    • Proof of residence in the school zone
    • Photo Identification (drivers license, state issued ID, passport or other photo ID)

    What proof of residence documentation is accepted?

    • One of the following:
      1) A current utility bill (within 30 days), gas or electric, showing the name and address of the student’s legal guardian within the attendance zone of the school to attend. If this is provided, no other documentation is needed.
      2) A home purchase contract including a specific closing date with a copy of the deed to be provided within 90 days.
      3) Home visit to the address for verification by a designated school official.
    • Families living in a situation where these documents are in another persons name will need to provide a signed written statement from the residence provider attesting to the family living at the address along with a  utility bill in the owner’s name. The letter will need to be provided to the Student Services’ office where a Resident Statement affidavit can be signed and notarized for the parent/guardian swearing to the claimed living address. Any student qualifying for McKinney-Vento homeless benefits will receive those benefits as outlined by federal law.
    • An approved School Choice application/letter.
    • Documentation of an approved transfer within the district – class size or attendance area exception.
    • Documentation of approved legal transfers between the resident and receiving district.
    • An independent investigation may be made to confirm or deny the verification of any claimed address when seen as needed by school administration.

    What Immunization Records are required?

    Click here for Immunization information

    How do I register my student without internet services at home?

    Families who do not have internet services or devices at home will have the opportunity to use an alternative registration process that is both safe and fair. These families are invited to pick up a paper registration packet at the school beginning May 18. 

    Upon arrival in the school parking lot, parents and guardians will be asked to call the school office to let the school secretary know of their arrival. A school representative will bring a paper packet to a table near the front entrance. Using appropriate physical distancing practices, the school representative will leave the paper packet for the parent to pick up. Parents will need to complete the paper documents and return them to the school as soon as possible. 

    Using the same practice noted above, parents and guardians can return registration documents to the school parking lot and a school representative will come out of the building to review the packet. Completed paper packets will be time and date stamped to maintain the registration order. Completed packets received by July 30 will retain registration rank order that is important if class-sizing becomes necessary. 

    Paper packets will be available at schools from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., from May 18 through May 28.

    Is there any other information I need to know about Kindergarten or New Student Registration? 

    • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents are encouraged to come alone to pick up registration packets and to return completed registration packets.  
    • When picking up or returning packets to schools, please practice social distancing by remaining six feet apart and do not gather in groups of more than 10 people. 

    Is there a limit to the number of students who can be enrolled in a class?

    Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) class-size standards limit the number of children in a classroom for each teacher based on the grade-level of students. Kindergarten classrooms are limited to 20 or fewer students. Classrooms of students in Grades 1-3 are limited to 25 students. Classes of students in Grades 4-6 are limited to 28. Because of this, we ask that you promptly and accurately fill out this registration information.

    I have a question about kindergarten or new student registration. Who can I connect with? 

    If you have questions about kindergarten or new student registration, please contact Student Services using the email questions@fortsmithschools.org . On and after July 27, please call the school in your attendance area or Student Services at 479-785-2501.